"Junction", a six track EP produced entirely by Samrai & Platt, features vocalists from Jamaica, Ireland & the UK and rounds off an excellent 12 months for the label & crew who’ve toured across North America, Mexico and Europe in 2017.
The set kicks off with ST favourite Alexx A-Game (originally voiced at his studio in Kingston in 2016) urging listeners to ‘free up’ their mind and souls and let the ‘good times take control’. It sets the tone for upcoming Jamaican talent Blvk H3ro to step up on the soulful party number "Can’t Wait" (recorded at Equiknoxx’s studios in Vineyard Town in 2016), which has been a staple in Swing Ting sets over the last 18 months.
Slowing the pace is "Addiction", a link up with Irish artist and frequent Murlo collaborator Gemma Dunleavy who lays down an impressive vocal over the skittering drums, muted guitar and glistening keys. The listen is interrupted momentarily for an interlude from Gavsborg whose moving voicemail is accompanied by a poignant piano line from JP aka Without Understanding. One for the clubs - "Turn it Up" features Equiknoxx’s Shanique Marie riding a stripped funky-esque riddim with ease.
Fittingly the set closes with "Contagious" which finds two of Manchester’s finest vocalists - Fox & Tyler Daley searching for an escape from the reality of our turbulent times over a refined yet sparkling production.
Support from: Murlo, Toddla T, Jamz Supernova, HDD & Equiknoxx across NTS Radio & BBC Radio 1 / 1xtra.
Limited to 200 copies, this is an essential slice of music history, showing Manchester as the joint epicentre for a global-wide scene which spans Kingston, Dublin, London and the cybersphere. Samrai and Platt are two the nicest, most humble and understated guys in our city but their credentials already set them amongst the music business elite. Following some expert A&R, DJ'ing and general brand curation, it's great to see they've also got the skills in the studio. Top one lads, as ever, massive props.